Wizards, ex-Knick Baker reach deal, sources say

Free agent guard Ron Baker has agreed to a deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Wizards are waiving Okaro White.

Baker, who signed a two-year $8.9 million deal with the Knicks before the 2017 season, was released on Thursday to make room for rookie Allonzo Trier, who had been on a two-way contract.

“This was the hardest one I’ve ever been a part of,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said last week. “Cutting Ron Baker was really rough. I talked to him today. He was fantastic. He’s Ron Baker. He’s a pro. He totally understood where we were. Obviously it goes without saying we’re resources to him. If anyone ever calls me on him I’ll have nothing but incredible things to say about him. I even joked to him a little bit when he’s finally done, spend some time with me and I may have a coach on my hands there.”

Baker, who made the Knicks in 2016 as an undrafted rookie out of Wichita State, appeared in 92 games (14 starts) over three seasons with the team. He averaged 3.3 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds over 14.7 minutes.

He was averaging just 1.3 points and 9.7 minutes in 11 games this season.

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